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Manipur hit by shortage of essentials
Published on 10 May. 2010 1:06 AM IST
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The price of petrol soared to Rs.150 a litre while most hospitals were running out of life-saving drugs and oxygen in Manipur Sunday following an indefinite economic blockade launched by various Naga groups to protest the state government’s decision to prevent Th. Muivah from visiting Somdal.“A kilogram of rice is selling at Rs.60 to Rs.70, while items like baby food and other essentials are becoming scarce even if someone was willing to pay double the actual price,” said Bimala Devi, a housewife in Imphal. All vehicles carrying essentials to Manipur were stopped at Dimapur. A police spokesperson said in several areas of Manipur’s Senapati district,Muivah-supporters have blocked the highway leading to disruption in road communication between Manipur and the rest of the country. “Almost at every 200 metres you find big boulders and trees blocking the road and in some places trees have been set on fire to prevent movement of troops,” an army commander said.

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